Salesforce.com/foundation Executive Director joins representatives from the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Whitaker Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation to discuss best practices in corporate and community partnership
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - May 2, 2003 - Salesforce.com®, the technology and market leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), today announced that salesforce.com/foundation Executive Director Suzanne DiBianca will represent the San Francisco Bay Area at the annual Business Philanthropy Summit being held this morning in Washington, D.C. The summit, sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation and America Online (NYSE: AOL), features a keynote address by United States Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans. DiBianca will join peers from Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), the Fannie Mae Foundation and the Whitaker Foundation to discuss best practices in philanthropy nationwide.
Hosted by the Washington Business Journal and Greater DC Cares, the goal of the annual Business Philanthropy Summit is to stimulate the region's corporate citizens to invest in the community and to forge relationships with diverse community-based non-profits. The theme for this year's event, "From Good to Great," is designed to provoke new thinking on how to take corporate giving to the next level of effectiveness. Three model cities - St. Louis, Minneapolis and San Francisco - will be featured as case studies for exemplary programs. Salesforce.com/foundation was chosen to represent excellence in corporate philanthropy for the entire San Francisco Bay Area region. Launched in 1998, the summit has featured keynote speakers such as First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines and Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams and has sparked the top 25 corporate philanthropists in the Greater Washington Area to more than double their annual giving.
"As a relatively new company, salesforce.com and the salesforce.com/foundation are honored to represent the innovative and successful philanthropy initiatives that have taken root in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com and founder of the salesforce.com/foundation. "We challenge business leaders nationwide to match us in our 1% model of integrated corporate giving."
Salesforce.com has relentlessly focused on integrating business with the community since the company's 1999 inception. Salesforce.com's innovative 1% model, in addition to offering 1% of the company's equity and 1% of the company's profits, grants 1% of employee work time - 6 days annually - to ensure that as the business grows so does its contribution to the community. The salesforce.com/foundation was established as the vehicle to harness the energy of the salesforce.com community and drive this 1% model. The foundation initiates and manages a variety of volunteer programs designed to have impact on the community, as well as offers funding for diverse projects through its small grant program.
Salesforce.com was recently honored by the Points of Light Foundation, established by former President George Bush, for making a significant impact on the communities in which it operates. As the company continues its rapid growth and profitable operations with over 6,200 customers worldwide, its integrated business model, especially the volunteer program, is a fundamental part of building a culture of dedication and service.
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